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Latest IOST News: Partnerships, Mainnet and More

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With the third quarter of 2018 almost over, the fourth quarter brings with it lots of optimism in terms of technical developments for our favorite crypto projects as well as the market performance of the corresponding digital assets. In the case of IOSToken (IOST), lots of new developments have been eclipsed by the current bear market that has led to the total market capitalization of the crypto market falling to $200 Billion. The digital asset of IOST has not been spared by the current decline and is currently trading at $0.012 having dropped from comfortable levels of $0.017 only a few days ago.

But with the new week ahead, it is good to recapitulate on the recent IOST news and why they give us more reason to be bullish about the token as we enter the fourth quarter of 2018.

Recent IOST news and Partnerships

The IOSToken team have managed to seal a few partnerships in the past few days.

On the 14th of September, the team announced via Twitter that they were partnering with the offline tech school of Code Chrysalis which provides intensive coding boot camps for engineers. IOST will be partnering with the school to launch and offer blockchain coding courses in the near future.

On the same day, the IOST team announced that they were partnering with Mantra to form a tamper-proof charity ecosystem. The announcement would further state that:

“As a public chain project, IOST also pays attention to the impact that blockchain technology will have on charitable activities, and has been working hard to promote blockchain’s many uses for charitable organizations.

In the future, IOST will provide technical support for Mantra, and will help to make Mantra’s donation information and fund usage publicly available through an information query system in order to build a tamper-proof, trustless and transparent charity infrastructure.” 

A few hours ago, the team at IOST have tweeted a new partnership with the team at Ginco. This firm is behind one of Japan’s most popular cryptocurrency wallet of the same name. IOST will be added to their digital wallet and will be co-hosting an event in Tokyo with the team at Ginco later on in the year. The full tweet making the announcement can be found below:

Technical Updates

The team at IOST also updated the community about the recent technical developments. With regards to the consensus protocol on the IOST network, the team has fixed a bug that was affecting receipts. They also added transaction deletion endpoints and designed a voting system that is yet to be reviewed. Other technical updates included upgrading the peer-to-peer network and IOST’s virtual machine. More on this can be found on their Medium.com page.

Tokyo Office And Expansion in Japan

The team has been aggressively pushing for the expansion of IOST in Japan for the last two weeks. They have officially opened an IOST Tokyo office located in the Blink Smart Office workplace.

IOST also welcomed two new team members to their Japan team. They include  Makoto Ota, who will be leading Business Development in the Japanese market and Kanna Sato, who will be the Community Manager for IOST in Japan. Both new team members have experience in the startup industry in Japan and will assist in the smooth operations in the country.

In conclusion, the IOST project continues to make major strides and according to its updated roadmap. According to the same roadmap, the public Testnet will be launched in Q4 with the highly anticipated Mainnet being launched in early 2019. Look for more exciting IOST news to come.

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Top 3 Cryptos to Serve as an Alternative to Bitcoin

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The crypto market continues to struggle on its way of reaching mass adoption, with most people focusing on Bitcoin. However, Bitcoin still has its fair share of problems, a few of which are quite challenging, with no guarantee that they will ever be fully solved.

While Bitcoin is, and has been the largest cryptocurrency from the moment it was created, there is no guarantee that it will remain at the number one spot forever. While this is mostly what skeptics tend to say, it is still a possibility that cannot be ignored. With that in mind, here are top 3 cryptos that might serve as an alternative to Bitcoin in the future, or maybe even now, considering how high its fees are, and how long its waiting periods tend to be.

1. XRP

XRP has become known as a ‘remittance coin’ due to its goal of providing better, faster, and cheaper international transactions. It was created by a company called Ripple Labs, and so far, it has been one of the best ways for sending money cross-border. It works in combination with Ripple’s products such as xRapid, fueling it and allowing for near-instant transactions at low fees.

The company has decided to offer its products to banks around the world, and most of the financial institutions decided to accept the offer. This is their way of trying to…

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Why HODLing XRP, BAT, and EOS is a Smart Idea

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The crypto market continues to grow, even though the prices of its many coins were severely damaged during the so-called ‘crypto winter’ of 2018. Even so, the market has grown a lot, and it currently features over 2,100 digital currencies, all parts of their own projects, with a goal of making an impact and entering the mainstream.

Of course, it goes without saying that not a lot of these coins have real potential. Many of them came to be during the ICO craze of 2017 and early 2018 when investors were willing to buy just about any coin. As a result, new startups emerged, each offering its own cryptocurrency. Most of these coins are believed to be bad projects with no future, with only a matter of time before they are declared ‘dead.’

However, there are several coins out there which are worthy of investing in, as well as HODLing on to them. Three such coins that we will focus on today are XRP, Basic Attention Token (BAT), and EOS.

XRP

Let’s start with XRP. This is a coin created by a company called Ripple Labs. As a result, the coin has a strong connection to the company, which many have taken as proof that it is not a real cryptocurrency, that it is centralized, and that it will eventually fade away as a bad project.…

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Why XRP is Worth Much Less than What Fans Expect

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The crypto world is currently facing an uncertain situation as a result of XRP value. Many fans of the digital currency are arguing that the worth should be higher than what it now. A poll taken by Twitter this year showed that 80% of the participants want XRP to be higher than Ethereum. The participant preferred the digital currency to occupy the second largest position against what experts thought. Since XRP has not offered much to improve its reputation, the participant’s reaction was surprising indeed.

From what we have seen so far, one question to ask is, why does the cryptocurrency have many supporters? The simple answer is that Ripple focuses on offering remittance services to its fans more than other digital currency. The company offers many products of which one known as xRapid a cross-border payment service impress many supporters.

Why Fans expect an increase in value

Weiss Ratings did not hide the fact that their agency is not supporting Ripple. However, they admitted that the global payment platforms which the cryptocurrency created are commendable. This commendation proves that Ripple has been impactful in that area of blockchain tech application. Also, the players in the community have seen these achievements as well. Therefore, it is not a surprise that they expect an improvement in the market cap and price of XRP

Many people have raised arguments…

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